Kinshasa: Commuting **** in DR Congo's capital

phys.org | 7/26/2018 | Staff
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Cities almost everywhere have transport problems—just ask people stuck in traffic jams or overcrowded trains for their opinion.

But daily travel in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), may well have the best claim on World's Worst Commuter Nightmare.

Mega-hub - Ride - Battle - Streets - Buses

In a mega-hub of 13 million, the ride to work is a battle with choked, pot-holed streets and jam-packed buses, yellow taxis and motorbikes, to the backdrop of blaring horns, pollution, hawkers and accidents.

In short, a transport ****... and in a sauna-like heat.

Time - Commuters - Board - Buses - Anatomy

During peak time, commuters jostle to board creaking buses or taxis where they will become intimately familiar with the anatomy and odour of their fellow humans for the next hour or two.

"Every day we're packed in like sardines. You get there exhausted," sighed law student Esperant Kashama.

Hour - Speeds - Kilometres - Miles - Hour

At rush hour, it is not uncommon for average speeds to be well below 10 kilometres (six miles) per hour.

In poorer areas such as Lemba, Matete and Ndjili, it can take up to two hours to reach Gombe, the city's business heart.

Africa - Megacities - Cairo - Lagos - Kinshasa

Like Africa's two other megacities, Cairo and Lagos, Kinshasa has failed to successfully manage the twin challenges of a growing population and weak infrastructure.

The task is only going to get worse in the coming years, for, by 2030, Kinshasa will rank as the 10th most populous city in the world, according to UN estimates.

Rail - Network - City - Road

Lacking a suburban rail network, the city is fatally dependent on the road.

President Felix Tshisekedi has floated development plans to widen vital bridges spanning the Congo River, but the scheme is already under fire, with critics saying they encroach on public spaces.

String - Attempts - Capital - Clogged

His initiative adds to a string of attempts to free up the capital's clogged...
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